A stone's throw from the Pantheon where she is buried, there is a museum dedicated to Marie Curie, a woman of science. Follow in the footsteps of this fascinating lady and her family, known for having won 5 Nobel prizes (two of which were awarded to Marie, for the first time in two different disciplines: in physics and then in chemistry).
From one room to another, follow the different periods of the Curia's work on radium and its uses. The discovery of this element by Marie Curie indeed turned the world of science upside down and opened the way to new medical applications that are still used today, notably in radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer.
The highlight of the museum is the scientist's office and laboratory which have been preserved as they were and where her work and research tools are now on display. These rooms, with their wooden furniture, house the memory of 20 years of study on radioactivity through photographs and archival documents. Rest assured, the museum was decontaminated in 1981 to allow its opening to visitors.
The studious atmosphere of the place is soothed by the light filtering through the large windows overlooking the garden. It was created by Marie Curie herself as a small haven of relaxation for her staff. Open to visitors, it now houses an exhibition of portraits of the family: Marie and Pierre Curie, their daughter Irene and her husband Frédéric Joliot-Curie painted by the street artist C215.
A small museum for a great lady!
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Days and opening hours
From 05/01 to 20⁄12 between 1 pm and 5 pm. Closed Monday, Tuesday and Sunday. Closed exceptionally on bank holidays.